The Duchess’ Shimmery New Style Departure

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  • The Duchess of Cambridge debuted a glamorous new look at an event to launch the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture on 27th February, which she attended with the Queen and husband Prince William.

    The Queen hosted the lavish event at Buckingham Palace to celebrate British and Indian cultures. And it seems Catherine was keen to shake up her style game for the event.

    The Duchess donned a sheer glittering silk dress by one of her favourite designers, Erdem for the occasion. The stunning outfit is a notable contrast from Catherine’s usual fashion
    choices. Typically, she wears less obviously opulent outfits to royal
    engagements and outings.

    She accessorised the dress with a £590 pair of shimmering jewelled pumps by A-list designer Oscar De La Renta. The royal finished off her look with a nod to the spirit of the evening, with a pair of earrings by Indian designer Anita Dongre.

    The Duchess’s choice was very on trend with many celebrities at this year’s Oscars ceremony choosing pale metallic gowns on the red carpet. And her dress is particularly similar to the one worn by Elle star Isabelle Huppert, who wore Armani to the awards.

    During the course of the evening, the Duke and Duchess continued to demonstrate what a lovely couple they are, spending the majority of the night chatting to visitors and guests together, before Catherine placed an affectionate hand on William’s back, while the pair browsed a collection of royal artefacts – a rare display of affection between the two.

    The Queen also seemed to carry on her recent imitation of some of the Duchess’ wardrobe choices, attending the event in a purple patterened Stewart Parvin dress, which complimented Catherine’s ensemble with its subtle shimmer too. 

    The monarch was also joined by her husband Prince Philip, and granddaughter Princess Eugenie, who spent much of the night introducing her to guests at the event, including actress Ayesha Dharker, foreign secretary Boris Johnson, and Sir Dominic Asquith, the British High Commissioner to India.

    Guests at the event were also greeted by an unusual-looking Buckingham Palace. A collection of coloured peacock images were projected onto the side of the national landmark, and the Queen’s home, in honour of the event. The peacock is famously the national bird of India.


    Guests at the royal reception enjoyed a huge range of specially designed canapes, inspired by the Anglo-Indian theme of the night, including salmon blinis and rhubarb and creme brulee tarlets.

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